June 16, 2008

Thai Medical Team Returns From Treating Myanmar Cyclone Victims

Thai medical team returns from treating Myanmar cyclone victims

BANGKOK, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The Thai medical team returned home on Sunday after providing treatment to victims of Cyclone Nargis which devastated Myanmar in early May.

The first group of six Thai physicians and personnel arrived shortly before Sunday noon while the second group consisting of 21 doctors and nurses is scheduled to arrive home Sunday night, the official Thai News Agency reported.

Psychiatrist Burin Sura-aroonsumrit of the Ministry of Public Health's Mental Health Department said upon arrival that many villagers had returned home and that Myanmar doctors were able to provide treatment to the victims.

"Most worrisome is that many survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar on May 2-3, are now suffering from severe stress," Burin was quoted as saying. He said about 10 percent of the survivors have come under severe stress after they have lost their families and homes.

Some 134,000 people were killed or classified as missing in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Sunday's return of the Thai emergency response team is probably the last as the authorities in Yangon have informed Thai health officials that Thailand no longer needs to dispatch medical aid to treat cyclone victims, the report said.

Myanmar said its officials are able to bring the situation under control.

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